Emmitt Smith, RB (1997)
In fairness to Emmitt Smith, whom some — especially in the Southwest — will argue as being the greatest running back of all time, He still ran for more than 1,000 yards for the seventh-straight season in 1997, while actually seeing his yards per carry go up from the previous year (3.7 to 4.1).
But Smith’s 1,074 rushing yards that year was his lowest total since his rookie season, and his four rushing touchdowns was easily the lowest such output of his career until that date. That’s what happens when you’re being coached by the lame duck Barry Switzer, who decided it would be a good idea to give almost a third of the team’s carries to the forgettable Sherman Williams.
Stats Before Bust Year: 1,204 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns
Bust Year Stats: 1,074 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns
Reasons For Bust: Terrible head coach, unfathomably splitting carries